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ESPN Films Nine for IX Doc Series Begins w/ 'Venus Vs.' On July 2 - Trailer Debuts

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • June 27, 2013 1:00 PM
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ESPN Films and espnW will premiere the documentary Venus Vs., directed by Ava DuVernay, as the first film in the upcoming Nine for IX series, on July 2, at 8pm ET.

Tribeca Film Institute's Inaugural Heineken Affinity Award Goes To Ava DuVernay ($20,000 + Industry Support)

  • By Courtney
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  • April 21, 2013 12:07 AM
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'Middle Of Nowhere' Wins John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature Under $500,000) At Spirit Awards

  • By Courtney
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  • February 23, 2013 5:49 PM
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The 2013 Spirit Awards celebration is still ongoing at this very moment, as winners are revealed. 

Watch Ava DuVernay's Miu Miu-Commissioned Short 'The Door' (Gabrielle Union Stars)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 11, 2013 3:19 PM
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Launched in 2011, wome's high fashion brand, Miu Miu's Women’s Tales initiative is an ongoing series of commissioned short films directed by an international selection of women directors, telling stories about women.

Ava DuVernay To Be Awarded Athena Film Festival Award

  • By Natasha Greeves
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  • November 28, 2012 8:37 PM
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There was quite a bit to be digested within the release buy Ava Duvernay's name quickly got my attention.  Duvernay is being lauded at the Third Annual Athena Film Festival, A Celebration of Women and Leadership.  Congrats to Ava Duvernay! 

For New Yorkers Who Missed It: Special Screening Of 'Middle Of Nowhere' w/ Ava DuVernay Present, 11/27

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 20, 2012 7:16 PM
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If you're a New Yorker who didn't get to see the film during its theatrical run here in NYC (it's no longer playing in this market, although it continues to expand to others), you should know that there'll be a special screening of it at the Museum Of The Moving Image in Queens, with writer/director Ava DuVernay in attendance for a post-screening discussion.

Watch Luisa's Story On Predatory Phone Rates ('Middle Of Nowhere' Social Justice Campaign)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 2, 2012 6:10 PM
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Some back-story... in September, Ava DuVernay's Middle Of Nowhere was shown as testimony at the FCC, as a part of the Wright Petition to end predatory phone rates for incarcerated families; the practice of charging unreasonably high rates of up to $2.99 per minute, to accept calls from loved ones behind bars.

Watch 'Middle Of Nowhere: Journey Of An Indie' (Includes Never-Before-Released-Online Footage)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 25, 2012 6:55 PM
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Good stuff that I think you all will appreciate immensely. A peek behind the curtain - from casting, to production and finally film festival run.

'Middle of Nowhere' Expands To More Cities This Weekend - Is Your City One Of Them?

  • By Sergio
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  • October 25, 2012 8:55 AM
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Is S & A turning into the Middle of Nowhere channel? Seems that way doesn't it? But then again isn't that we're all about? That is bringing to attention intelligent, well made, independently made black films? 

Ava DuVernay In Terry Gross' 'Fresh Air' *Hot Seat* & The Engaging Chat That Followed (Listen)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 22, 2012 9:15 PM
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I enjoyed this conversation between Ava DuVernay and Terry Gross (NPR, Fresh Air), uploaded today.